COLUMBUS, OHIO — Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on September 23, has been cleared to resume playing and was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the clu's American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced October 23.
Mason, who was Columbus' second pick, 69th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, originally suffered the injury last spring playing with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He went 32-7-3 with 2.51 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and three shutouts in 42 games with London and Kitchener in 2007-08, ranking third in the OHL in wins, fourth in save percentage and fifth in goals-against average and shutouts (tied). He also went 5-0-0 with 1.19 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and one shutout in five games at the 2008 World Junior Championship, leading Canada to the gold medal and earning top goaltender and tournament MVP honors.
The 20-year-old Oakville, Ontario native was named the OHL Goaltender of the Year in 2006-07 when he set a league record for wins as he was 45-13-4 with 3.20 goals-against average, .914 save percentage and two shutouts in 62 games with London (OHL). In 116 career OHL games, he posted a 82-23-7 mark with a 2.90 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and five shutouts.
The Blue Jackets return to action on Friday at Nationwide Arena, hosting the New York Rangers. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio will begin with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show starting at 6:30 p.m. The game will also broadcast live on the Blue Jackets Radio Network and flagship stations WBNS-AM, Sports Radio 1460 The Fan and WWCD-FM, CD101.
Tickets for 2008-09 regular season home games are on sale now at the Nationwide Arena Ticket Office, FOX Sports Ohio Blue Line at The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, The Chiller Ice Rinks and all Ticketmaster Ticket Centers. Fans can purchase tickets by phone at (614) 431-3600 or online at www.BlueJackets.com and www.ticketmaster.com. For information on season tickets, mini-plans or group tickets, call (614) 246-PUCK or 800-NHL-COLS.